Your company is migrating to the cloud. Sooner or later, you’ll take advantage of the expanded range of services, increased scalability, or you might want to free up server space and computing resources. Migrating to the cloud makes good business sense. If you do it right.
Do it wrong, and the costs for migrating to the cloud can spiral out of control. A Software Asset Management program can keep your head straight and cloud migration pointed firmly toward your business goals. With a Software Asset Management program, find the right licenses, discover hidden licensing gems, and ensure an effective and smooth migration.
A successful move requires knowledge, planning, and the right tools. Worried that your cabinets won’t fit? Break out a measuring tape. Do you have a piano? Hire piano movers. Migrating to the cloud? Start a SAM program.
Get complete insight into what you have, how you’re using it, and what your existing contracts, so you can make the right cloud licensing decisions.
Find the hidden benefits in your existing on-premises contracts to make your cloud migration easier and cost-effective.
With a SAM tool, you can simulate your cloud environment to find the best possible licensing and configuration options.
It’s hard to plan a move if you don’t know what you need to move. Do you have enough boxes? Will the couch fit through the door? Can you lift those bookcases by yourself?
The cloud offers a huge range of infrastructure and software possibilities, so knowing what you need and how to get it without breaking the bank can be next to impossible. Some of the challenges include:
- Knowing what you have. OK, so there’s no heavy-lifting or packing in the cloud, but you do need to know things like how much storage space you need, how much computing capacity you require, how many users you have, and the critical dependencies between solutions.
- Knowing what you’re using and how. Carefully plan your cloud migration to ensure continued access to critical programs. Users need to be aware of downtimes, changes in access, and anything else that might affect their ability to achieve their business goals. This requires knowing who is using what, when, and how, so you can plan for as few interruptions as possible.
- Understanding your IT architecture. Many of your unplanned and unexpected licensing costs will come from changes to your architecture, such as where and how virtual machines are being used, and what is running on them.
- Understanding your existing contracts. Your on-premises licenses may already contain advantages for moving to the cloud. But do you know what those might be and how to take advantage of them?
- Knowing what you need. Don’t you hate that feeling of moving into an apartment that’s too small? You can’t fit anything, you need to sell your favorite chair, and maybe – heaven forbid! – you need to put your books in storage? You should measure your current apartment to find out how much room you need before you move. The same is true in the cloud. This involves not just knowing what you need but adjusting for projected growth in your infrastructure, so you get the right fit without having to sacrifice favorite wine-stained armchairs.
Good Software Asset Management tools and processes will give you a clear overview of your licensing terms and conditions. Contracts are entered into SAM systems, so they can be quickly located, traced, and analyzed. Consumption can be monitored to identify peaks and valleys, so you can plan for future capacity needs.
With this overview, you can discover hidden benefits in your contracts, eliminate licensing waste, and find the best licensing options for your enterprise software demands.
Vendors want to move you to the cloud. The cloud promises them a steady, predictable stream of income, reassuring nervous investors. And added flexibilities and services let them raise their prices. The cloud is an almost total win for software vendors.
Vendors want to get you into a cloud agreement so badly, they have already included discounts in your existing perpetual licenses. If you know what they are, you can make your cloud migration smoother and more cost-effective.
For instance, Microsoft – one of your most important vendors – has written cloud benefits into its Software Assurance program. You can take advantage of benefits such as License Mobility – the right to use certain programs both on-premises and in the cloud without paying extra – and or the Azure Hybrid Benefit, which provides significant cost advantages when you move Windows and SQL Servers to the cloud.
Find the benefits hidden in existing terms and conditions, and make your cloud migration smooth and cost effective.
Having clear goals will help make certain decisions easier as you transition to the cloud. Identify what value you hope to get out of the cloud, so you know which programs, benefits, and vendors to take advantage of.
When you’re equipped with a SAM tool and clearly defined migration goals, you can simulate your environment to find the best possible combination of licenses for your business needs. Don’t go into the cloud blind. Find the quickest and easiest route to your cloud business success.